About the Organizers

About the Organizers2020-01-02T02:54:11+00:00

CodeMash would not be possible without volunteer efforts from the developer community:

brian codemash 2014 - squareBrian Prince (President, Board of Directors) has been an international speaker and community leader for over fifteen years. He is one of the founders of CodeMash, and is the current President. Brian is as an Executive Director at JPMorgan Chase. He is the co-author of Azure in Action, published by Manning Press. Brian holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science and Physics from Capital University, Columbus, Ohio. He is also a zealous gamer. For example, he is a huge fan of Skyrim, Puerto Rico, and pretty much every other game (video or board) he plays. He loves to backpack, backwoods camp, and cycle.

jason_follasJason Follas (Vice President, Board of Directory) is a Sr. Software Engineer for Quicken Loans. He has spent the past 20 years delivering software for clients in the manufacturing, engineering, and financial services sectors. He loves the opportunity to teach as well as to learn from others, and is a frequent speaker at conferences and user groups. His career has been centered on the use of Microsoft technologies, and has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for SQL, Visual C#, and Windows Platform.

WIo7AsFJ_400x400Rob Gillen (Secretary, Board of Directory) is a member of the Intelligent Computing Research Team within the Computational Data Analytics Group at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. In his role as a research professional, works alongside domain scientists to deliver solutions to complex problems at a national scale. Prior to coming to ORNL, Rob spent 11 years as a software developer and architect consultant helping companies around the world deploy various technologies in support of the businesses. When he’s not at the lab, he can be found with his family, on his bike, or at a conference talking about cyber security topics.

chris_judd2Christopher Judd (Content Chair) is CTO and partner at Manifest Solutions (http://www.manifestcorp.com), an international speaker, Java Champion, an open source evangelist, and the Central Ohio Java Users Group (http://www.cojug.org) leader. He is an accomplished writer having co-authored Beginning Groovy and Grails (Apress, 2008), Enterprise Java Development on a Budget (Apress, 2003) and Pro Eclipse JST (Apress, 2005) as well as the author of the children’s book “Bearable Moments”. Based in Columbus Ohio, he has spent over 20 years architecting and developing software for organizations ranging from Fortune 50 companies to start-ups across various industries including insurance, health care, education, retail, government, manufacturing, service, and transportation. Mr. Judd spends most of his time consulting while continuing to focus on mentoring and training in Java, mobile and related technologies.

Greg Huber (Communication Czar) is responsible for CodeMash communications. Greg started several user groups in Northwest Ohio (including NWNUG, NWSPUG), is a former Microsoft MVP (ASP.NET),  and has presented at developer and IT Leadership conferences over the years. He is also involved in the Maker/3d printing community, and especially enjoys lasering things. Professionally, Greg leads Software Development, Enterprise Architecture, and IT Innovation at First Solar.

Brent Connor (Registration Czar) Foremost a family man, Brent supports his wife & daughter by working as a web application developer, usually using PHP (don’t feel bad for him, he says he loves PHP & Laravel). You could call him nearly obsessed with cars, audio systems and home theater equipment — his wife surely would. His #1 aspiration is to leave this place better than he found it.

ScottZischerkScott Z. (Nerf Herder) has been attending CodeMash since the beginning. He has designed t-shirts, hoodies and signs for CodeMash. Last year he took over as CodeMash volunteer  coordinator. He currently works for Interactive Business Systems, consulting, developing software and managing projects. He primarily develops in the Microsoft stack, but has been doing some mobile projects in PhoneGap lately. He was one of the organizers of the Day of .NET in Ann Arbor and, for a short time, the Vice President of the Ann Arbor .NET User group. He is an avid snowmobiler and woodworker, dabbles in home automation and has built a few MAME arcade cabinets. In his spare time he coaches baseball, football and basketball for his 3 sons.

Matt and Missy (Zagg Studios) are responsible for photos and web design.

Christopher SauerChristopher Sauer (Sponsorship Engagement) is a Web & Windows Developer, husband, father, gamer, Sr Consultant at Improving, and owner of Jem Systems. He enjoys videography and playing with many forms of technology. He is also an organizer for DogFoodCon and AnthrOhio. Christopher has a passion for making people’s lives better through his code! He is an innovator who loves “playing with code” and believes that making fun, wacky, and unexpected programs is a fantastic way to exercise creativity and learn new skills. He enjoys teaching others new skills and learning from them in return.

Alyssa (Evening Receptions) is responsible for hiring the evening entertainment and planning the layout for the evening activities.





AmandaAmanda (Menu and Co-Communications) is responsible for deciding the meal and reception menus, and she helps Greg with communications. Amanda graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University. She is a mother and a GS troop leader.




Mattie B. (Shuttle Traffic Controller and Offsite Shelter Coordinator, they/them) is a lead software developer and consultant at Atomic Object, occasional speaker and blogger, and onetime unpaid video-game journalist. They’ve been writing software since their parents bought them a TI-99/4A when they were five years old, professionally since 2001, and working with CodeMash since their first year volunteering in 2015.




KidzMash Committee

It takes an amazing amount of work to plan and execute our family track. In 2014 we had over 250 kids in our program. That is more than all of the attendees and speakers of the first CodeMash. We expect over 650 kids this year. The program has a mix of fun family activities, fun technical sessions, and social time for parents.

gabrielleGabrielle Sempf  Wife. Mommy. Business owner. With over 15 years of accounting and process management experience dealing with independent owners, non-profits and fortune 500 companies, as well as 22 plus years being the official geek herder for Bill Sempf and 9 plus years as the geekling herder for their two children, she is supposedly qualified to herd the geekling masses and carry forward the amazing KidzMash tradition. Her spare time wants to be full of blacksmithing, cutting glass bottles, Diablo, and Muay Thai. Mostly it is full of running the business, teaching and raising children, and laundry.​ Gabrielle has been leading KidzMash for the past 5 years.


robinDunganRobin Deems is a wife, mommy, and educator dedicated to making education equitable and accessible for all. Robin has been a junior high science teacher, the Education Director for a Residential Youth Treatment Facility, a Naturalist, Newspaper Columnist, and Manager of Education Services with the Center Of Science and Industry in Columbus, Ohio. She loves camping, cycling, hiking, reading, board- gaming, and gardening. Her current mission has been working with schools to examine the impact of school gardens on wildlife conservation and student perceptions of the natural world around them. Robin lives in Westerville, Ohio, with her husband Andy, their 10 year old twins, Peter and Laura, and their 2 super-pups, Peyton and Mia.



Julie Fuller fuller  I am wife to Russ and Mom to Alex -19, Mackenzie-17 and Andrew-16. I enjoy traveling, Bible study and our home zoo (4 cats, 1 lizard, 1 snake and lots of fish). My family and I have been attending CodeMash since Russ first noticed a little obscure conference at Kalahari in January in its first year. It’s been an annual excuse to pull kids out of school ever since. I have also been a part of Kidzmash since the early days of walking the water park in search of CM widows for get togethers in restaurants and eventually Hangoutz.



Courtney Eaton Eaton

Kidzmash attendee since it began and family attendee since year two of Codemash.  Kidzmash staff for the last 5+ years.  Wife of speaker and attendee, Michael; Mom to two teenagers, Katie and Jacob; Teacher to 4 year old preschoolers; and finally, friend to many!  My philosophy – “Roll with it, there’s a reason for everything!”



Nathan Loding  is a nerd. He’s always been a geek, dork, or nerd, and probably will always be. He loves solving problems, and technology is the best way to do that. Nathan works professionally as a Senior Consultant for OST, in Grand Rapids, MI, and is the co-founder and lead developer of CareCircle, a patient-centered healthcare product. Outside of work he’s a husband, father, movie lover, and wanna-be writer. Nathan enjoys woodworking and builds his own canoes and kayaks; he hates chores and cleaning up after himself.




Emeritus Board Members

jim_holmesJim Holmes is a Father.  Husband.  Geek. Veteran. Around 25 years IT experience. Co-author of “Windows Developer Power Tools.” Coffee Roaster.  MVP for C#.  Ex-Chief Cat Herder of the CodeMash Conference. Diabetic. Runner. Liked 5th grade so much he did it twice. One-time setter, middle blocker, and weakside hitter. Blogger (http://FrazzledDad.com). Big fan of naps.



jason_gilmoreW. Jason Gilmore is a software developer (http://www.wjgilmore.com/) and consultant with more than 15 years of experience helping companies of all sizes build amazing solutions. He is the author of over six books, including the bestselling “Beginning PHP and MySQL, Fourth Edition” and “Easy PHP Websites with the Zend Framework, Second Edition”. Over the years Jason has published more than 300 articles within popular publications such as Developer.com, PHPBuilder.com, JSMag, and Linux Magazine, and instructed hundreds of students in the United States and Europe. He’s recently led the successful development and deployment of a 10,000+ product e-commerce project, and is currently the lead developer of an e-commerce analytics project for a globally recognized publisher. Jason is cofounder of the wildly popular CodeMash Conference (http://www.codemash.org), the largest multi-day developer event in the Midwest. Away from the keyboard, you’ll often find Jason hunched over a chess board or having fun with DIY electronics.